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McClellanville, South Carolina

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McClellanville is located in Charleston County on the banks of Jeremy Creek. After the Civil War it grew to be a thriving community which produced timber, rice, cotton, naval stores, and seafood. Incorporated in 1926, the town has become best known for its shrimping fleet and seafood industries.

In September of 1989, McClellanville experienced the full force of Hurricane Hugo as it passed directly over the town while it was a Category 4 storm.

For safety, residents gathered in the local high school. Surprised by a 20-foot surge, they were forced to climb higher and higher to keep from drowning. Helping each other in the darkness, they managed to crawl into the space above the false ceiling of the building. Miraculously, all survived the deadly storm.

The survivors emerged from the shelter to find their picturesque and historic fishing village drastically changed. Homes were destroyed, boats had been blown into yards, and huge, century-old oaks lay splintered on the ground.

Despite the hard blow from Mother Nature, a sturdy spirit remains alive in McClellanville. As they have since 1977, residents continue to host the Lowcountry Shrimp Festival each spring. The festival is a lot of fun with plenty of local seafood, but a solemn moment comes with the Blessing of the Fleet. In this ceremony, the village's trawlers, decorated with colorful pennants, slowly parade down Jeremy Creek to receive prayers for a safe and bountiful fishing season.

Charleston is the largest city near McClellanville. Here is a map of the Charleston area.

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